2012 Mazda3 To Debut In Canada With New Engine

The 2012 Mazda3 will be shown at the Canadian International Auto Show featuring a new, more fuel efficient engine.

Today, Mazda announced that the 2012 Mazda3 would get the company’s new SkyActiv technology, which Mazda has been hyping up for some time now. The new Mazda3 will debut at Toronto’s upcoming Canadian International Auto Show, not Geneva or Tokyo like the other automakers seem to be lining up for.

The new 2012 Mazda3 will pack Mazda’s new SkyActiv-G gasoline four-cylinder engine that should net some serious fuel economy numbers. That engine will be attached to the SkyActiv-Drive transmission.

Mazda has stated that this new combination will help the car deliver more torque at mid-range and it should improve the overall fuel efficiency. The SkyActiv-G engine was created with a low-friction block to minimize drag within the motor. This is a clever little trick from the folks at Mazda that should make the 2012 Mazda3 a real contender, along with the Hyundai Elantra and Ford Focus.

Once the 2012 Mazda3 debuts, it will be the first time that this new engine and transmission have been used in production vehicle. On top of the new engine, the 2012 Mazda3 will pack redone bumpers and new 16- and 17-inch wheels, redone fog light bezels and front headlamps. This should give the car a more grown-up look, instead of the happy face appearance that it has become known for.

The 2012 Mazda3 will be just one of the vehicles shown at the Canadian International Auto Show, as the automaker will be bringing the Mazda2, Mazda6, MX-5, RX-8, Tribute, CX-9 and the 2011 CX-7, which is now being offered with leather seating, or all-wheel-drive, all for below $30,000.

This new SkyActiv-G engine will help the company achieve its long-term goal of improving its fuel efficiency by 30 percent by 2015. Eventually, the engines will be paired with electronic devices such as idle-stop, regenerative braking and hybrid systems.

[Mazda]


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